Fan-filmed video footage of DREAM THEATER‘s June 23 concert at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland can be seen below.
When DREAM THEATER‘s “Distance Over Time” tour was first announced, guitarist John Petrucci told Rolling Stone: “The tour is going to be ‘An Evening With,’ and part of the evening will be playing some of the new record and some older songs in our catalog, and then also playing ‘Scenes From A Memory’ in its entirety. So it going to be a lot of fun. And that was a really important record for us, speaking of storytelling and all that. Because it was our first concept record.”
Petrucci said that “Metropolis Pt. 2” was significant for him because “it was our first album with [keyboardist] Jordan [Rudess], so that was important. And it was the first album where we didn’t use an outside producer. I remember back then having a conversation with Mike [original DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy] where we said, ‘Let’s not do that anymore. Let’s produce ourselves.’ And we basically have ever since. So in that respect, ‘Scenes From A Memory’ might have actually been a record that was a reaction to the previous one. And then we also figured that we hadn’t done a concept album yet, and we decided that it was time. It was like, let’s make our ‘Operation: Mindcrime’, our ‘Tommy’, our ‘The Wall’. It was definitely a conscious decision to do something bold and new and different.”
DREAM THEATER‘s 14th studio album, “Distance Over Time”, was released on February 22. The artwork was created by long-time cover collaborator Hugh Syme (RUSH, IRON MAIDEN, STONE SOUR). The disc was produced by Petrucci, mixed by Ben Grosse and mastered by Tom Baker.
“Distance Over Time” marks DREAM THEATER‘s first album for Sony Music‘s progressive imprint InsideOut Music. The group spent the past 25 years recording under various labels in the Warner Music Group system, most recently Roadrunner Records, which released five albums by the band between 2007 and 2016.